Since the first disciples were sent out by Jesus, Christianity has been of its essence a missionary religion. That religion has proved to be an ideology and a subversive one. Profoundly though it became “inculturated” in the societies it converted, it was never syncretistic. It had, by the twentieth century, brought its own view of things to the ends of the earth. The Christian Church, first defined as a religion of love, has interacted with Judaism, Islam and other world religions in ways in which there has been as much warfare as charity. Some of the results are seen in the tensions of the modern world, tensions which are proving very hard to resolve – not least because of a lack of awareness of the history behind the thinking which has brought the Church to where it is now. In the light of that lack, a new history of the Christian Church is badly needed. There is much to be said for restoring to the general reader a familiarity with the network of ideas about what the Church “is” and what it should be “doing” as a vessel of Christian life and thought. This series aims to be both fresh and traditional. It will be organized so that the boundary dates between volumes fall in some unexpected places. It will attempt to look at its conventional subject matter from the critical perspective of the early twenty-first century, where the Church has a confusing myriad of faces. Behind all these manifestations is a rich history of thinking, effort and struggle. And within it, at the heart of matters, is the Church. The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church seeks to discover that innermost self through the layers of its multiple manifestations over twenty centuries.
“This promises to be an impressive and valuable series.” -- Stewart J. Brown, FRSE, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh
“A series such as this is hugely welcome. Its emphasis on the history of ideas, and on the global – not just European – experience of Christianity and its manifestations of church, will be valued by students, scholars and general readers alike. The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church brings ecclesiastical history into a new era, for a new generation.” -- Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford
COMING SOON IN JANUARY 2012
THE CHURCH IN THE LONG EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
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